The Heat overcame a late game surge to defeat the Cavaliers 114-107, to improve to 17-6.
For the Heat, LeBron James had a team high 25 points and 9 assists, to go along with 9 rebounds. Dwyane Wade scored 24 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Chris Bosh added 22 points, and grabbed a team high 12 rebounds.
For the Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving lead with 19 points. Dion Waiters contributed 16 points off the bench. Jarrett Jack scored 14 points off the bench.
The Heat were in control for most of the game, before the Cavaliers started to exploit the Heat’s pick and roll defense to get some really easy looks in the late 3rd quarter and early 4th quarter, as they briefly took a 95-91 lead. Although the Heat forced 15 turnovers, gathered 10 steals, and blocked 9 shots, they also allowed 10 3-pointers to keep the Cavaliers in the game.
The Heat were able to win the battle of the boards by the narrowest of margins, 40-39. They were also able to shoot 55.3% from the field, en route to 114 points. Bosh, James, and Wade combined to shoot 28-44 and showed the aggressiveness and offensive skill that we all came to expect from them when they joined together.
The Heat are back on their home court for their next game, against the Utah Jazz (6-19). That game is scheduled for Monday night at 7:30 pm.